The Mets (24-21) open a four-game series against the Brewers (31-19) on Thursday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee at 8:10 on SNY.
The Mets are 3.5 games behind the Braves (2.0 games in the loss column) for first place in the NL East. ... The Mets are currently 1.0 game back of the Cardinals and Pirates for the second Wild Card spot in the NL. ... The Mets scored just four runs during their recently-completed three games series against the Marlins at Citi Field.
|Brandon Nimmo, LF||Lorenzo Cain, CF|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B||Christian Yelich, RF|
|Wilmer Flores, 3B||Ryan Braun, LF|
|Jay Bruce, RF||Jesus Aguilar, 1B|
|Michael Conforto, CF||Hernan Perez, 3B|
|Devin Mesoraco, C||Manny Pina, C|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||Tyler Saladino, 2B|
|Steven Matz, LHP||Orlando Arcia, SS|
|Amed Rosario, SS||Zach Davies, RHP|
Who is starting tonight for the Mets?
LHP Steven Matz (4.42 ERA/5.88 FIP, 1.31 WHIP in 36.2 innings over eight starts), who allowed four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out two in 4.0 innings this past Saturday against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field.
Matz had allowed just two runs over his prior two starts, spanning 11 innings. He has struck out 36 batters in 36.2 innings this season.
Who is starting tonight for the Brewers?
RHP Zach Davies (4.24 ERA/4.87 FIP, 1.26 WHIP in 34.0 innings over six starts), who is making his first start since landing on the DL due to a rotator cuff injury. He allowed two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out three in 5.2 innings against the Cubs on April 29, during his last start.
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More Mets notes...
The Mets are 12-8 on the road this season. ... The Mets' pitching staff has a 1.83 ERA and 67 strikeouts over its last 54.0 innings. ... The Mets have allowed two or fewer runs in seven of their last 11 games. ... Seth Lugo has not allowed a run in a career-high 15.0 innings dating back to May 1. ... Devin Mesoraco has caught 73.0 innings since being acquired, during which the pitching staff has a 2.22 ERA with him behind the plate.